WILMINGTON -- Say goodbye to the days of the "jersey tuck."
In the NHL, at least, tucking in your jersey will be forbidden. New NHL Rule 9.5 states that, "Players are not permitted to tuck their jersey into their pants in such a manner where the top padding of the pant and/or additional body protection is exposed outside the jersey. The back uniform number must not be covered or obstructed in any fashion by protruding pads or other protective padding."
During a game, a first offense results in a warning. A second violation results in a minor penalty.
For someone like Bruins assistant captain Patrice Bergeron, this could be a minor issue.
"I don't see how that really affects other players," said Bergeron after his Tuesday morning skate. "But I'm just going to have to go with it, I guess."
Bergeron is known for his "back-tuck" where the back of his jersey is tucked into the back of his pants, which have an extra protective piece sticking up to protect the area of his back that's not protected by his shoulder pads.
On Tuesday, Bergeron had his jersey tucked into the back of those pants, as usual. But he said he doesn't even do it on purpose, which may become an issue in the regular season.
"I mean, I'm not even tucking it in," said Bergeron on Tuesday. "It goes in when I bend over, and I just leave it there."
"I think it's kind of stupid," Ovechkin told the Washington Post. "My gear is not stay [near] my body so jersey always goes in. If I'm going to put jersey normally, I'm going to skate and it goes back."
How will the NHL react to "accidental" jersey tucks? To be determined.